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Modern Art Lighting

Apr 27, 2008
"Modern art" is a term that was used a bit too much in the seventies and requires some reevaluation and redefinition if we are to use it intelligently in a professional dialogue. From an etymologically purist perspective, the term literally means art that represents the challenges, values, and responses of the soul to modern life. Keep in mind that everything modern usually becomes a fragment of history after a few short years pass, so to remain true to reality please keep in mind also that the only real modern art is art that both expresses change and can adapt itself to change enough to remain free from the traps of perception and time.

When done correctly, modern art lighting accents and complements the viewer's awareness of the purpose of the genre, and it requires a technical skill set blended with a creative drive that pushes beyond convention just enough to avoid being overanalyzed by the viewer. If you are going to decorate with modern art, light the art in such as way as to challenge its audience to take nothing but steps forward in thought. This keeps the piece from becoming dated because it facilitates forward motion in the mind and prevents the viewer from judging the piece and categorizing it according to fixed ideas from the past.

If you have already invested a small fortune in more traditional art and now wish you had decorated with more contemporary and abstract forms, you can supplement your existing lighting system with unique combinations of traditional and modern art light fixtures that cast varying degrees of light and shadow that create a contemporary experience utilizing traditional forms. These lighting strategies work especially well with contemporary three-dimensional artwork and both classical and contemporary sculptures. Art projectors are a favored fixture type for lighting sculpture of all classifications, including abstract pieces in commercial lobbies. Many art projectors feature such sophisticated adjustment controls that they can shape the light around the asymmetrical contours that characterize many works of modern art.

You may need to hire a professional consulting firm who understands both fine art and the intricacies of sophisticated light fixtures installation, wiring, control, and automation strategies.
This is often the best route to take regardless of your own personal knowledge of art, lighting, or electronic equipment. Professional firms such as ILD based out of Texas typically have a vast network of manufacturing resources from which to draw upon. Hiring a lighting design firm that is multi-specialized and capable of delivering not only sophisticated aesthetic effects, but also commercial-grade equipment and specialty projector technology that you cannot purchase through retail channels.

Lighting modern art with a bit of philosophy built into the circuitry can go a long way toward making your modern art collection a light speed phenomenon that keeps in step with the times and remains true to its name. A properly designed and executed modern art lighting theme will consequently bring you a return on investment in value beyond the dollar.
About the Author
Illuminations Lighting Design has worked extensively with Houston galleries and museums and offers fine art and modern art lighting design services to homes, offices, hotels, country clubs, and restaurants. Visit http://www.illuminationslighting.com/modern_art_lighting.htm and http://www.illumionationslighting.com
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